Mumbai, Sep 12, 2017: In a temporary reprieve on Tuesday, the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing of an anticipatory bail application filed by the trustees of Ryan International Schools till Wednesday in the case of the death of a seven-year-old student in their Gurugram branch.
The trustees – Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace Pinto and their son Ryan Pinto – had on Monday filed the application seeking anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate court in Haryana.
The names, whereabouts or the eligibility of the other trustees of the St Xavier’s Educational Trust — that manages the group’s schools — was not made clear.
The Trust is registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Maharashtra in the early 1980s.
Barring the three Pinto family members, it is unclear as of now whether the remaining trustees stand to be implicated in the case which has snowballed into a major national issue concerning safety and security of children in private schools.
The development comes in the wake of the brutal murder of a student, Pradhuman Thakur, on September 8, in the Ryan International School in Bhondsi in Haryana’s Gurugram.
Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, was found dead on Friday by a school staffer in the washroom on the school campus in Bhondsi area near Gurugram city with a slit throat. The boy’s family resides in Maruti Kunj Society in the same area.
Meanwhile, hundreds of parents staged vociferous protests outside the Ryan International School branch in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai, demanding measures for safety and security of their children, on Tuesday morning.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of India on Monday issued notice to Haryana Government, Centre, CBSE and CBI on a plea by the father of a murdered Ryan International School student Pradyuman.